Southgate Wanted Lita Earlier!

Last updated : 07 August 2009 By Boro Mad

Gareth Southgate: "It is a very important signing, he is a player we have followed for a long time and someone I would have liked to have brought to club before, we weren't able to do it, but we have now.

"He is experienced in this division and he has got a hunger and a point to prove."

Lita: "It is a massive challenge, it is a big club and I am just looking forward to getting on with the season.

"It has been frustrating but that is in the past and now I am just concentrating on Middlesbrough and scoring goals. I demand a lot from myself so nobody has to tell me, and that is what I am here to do.

"Our only focus at the moment is the opening game."